Phooey - thread title should read "Spanking"! I have had problems off and on all summer with a black rat snake stealing eggs, in one case losing several wooden fakes to it. The culprit must have vomited those, 'cause I finally caught him today. He was curled up practically under my broody hen. No egg lumps real or fake, so I put him in a pillowcase and called Jim Harrison at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. I know the research is getting more and more down on relocating adult reptiles and wanted to see if he wanted this one. Since my girls are all adults that won't fit in the snake, and it is a good nonpoisonous rodent control, I went ahead with a new plan. He suggested putting it in a bucket or garbage can and beating on the can loudly (not shaking it). Then I released it up in the garden about 500 ft from the coop. Thus far the sample sizes are really small, but promising. The idea is to train wild adult snakes to avoid places like chicken coops with aversion therapy. I guess I am conducting our own little experiment. I know if I find it eating eggs again in a couple weeks it will be relocated further - I can't chance it eating chicks in 3 weeks. But I am curious to see what happens.